Here we are – 2016! And I am currently ON FIRE in keeping with my resolutions! (For what now, 5 days?!)
I went to a Yoga class this morning, and the theme was “Begin Again”. Perfect! So we have a new year, a new theme, a new look and hopefully a new podcast coming this year!
I’ve updated my concert calendar with some fun new shows, and hope to keep a diverse, eclectic show schedule as active as possible. If you’re a musician or band and are playing in LA – please let me know! I’d love to cover it!
I also added the AlongTheRail photography portfolio. Click on the link to the left to see some of my favorite photos. Playing a show in LA and want me to shoot it? Drop me a line!
I also want to hear more from our readers. What are some of your resolutions – Music related or otherwise? What shows are you looking forward to in the coming months? What albums can you not wait to hear? What EXCITES you about the new year?!
Music can be both an independent experience or a highly social and collaborative one. I like both and would be thrilled if a community could arise from these posts this year. Follow the blog itself, via twitter, email.. Keep in touch and say hi!
And as always – I’m open to and eager to hear new music! Send me stuff to email@example.com! Thanks so much to those who have submitted tracks. We’ll be in touch!
Wishing everyone a healthy, happy and musical new year! Thanks for reading!
Happy Halloween weekend!
I just found this awesome song from the London based band PUMAROSA. Take a few minutes (7 and a half to be exact) to lose yourself in this awesome hypnotic, slow burn track that builds and evolves.
“You Dance You Dance You Dance You Dance”
I can’t wait for this band to come Stateside, but if you’re lucky enough to be in the UK, here are upcoming tour dates:
Tickets are avail via their Facebook page. Follow them here:
Here are 5 new songs making me happy these days:
1) WORK DRUGS “Hey Nineteen”
The more I listen to this song, the more I like it. Super catchy beat from this Philadelphia based duo. I’m excited to see them live at the Roxy in September!
Work Drugs: Website Facebook Twitter Soundcloud
2) CLOSE TALKER “For The Sun”
Great stuff from this Canadian indie rock group.
Close Talker: Website Facebook Twitter Soundcloud
3) SUNFLOWER BEAN “I Hear Voices”
This song makes me miss living in NYC. It’s a fun, gritty song from this Brooklyn based trio.
Sunflower Bean: Website Facebook Twitter Soundcloud
4) RIOTHORSE ROYALE “You’re Still Here”
Beautiful harmonies layered over a lush yet slightly sinister sound. Love what this indie-pop duo is doing! Shoutout to one of my fave music sites DAYTROTTER for turning me on to these guys.
Riothorse Royale: Website Facebook Twitter Soundcloud
5) ROOSEVELT “Night Moves”
Really fun song from this talented indie-electric artist from Germany. I can hear this in a car commercial.. He’s live at the Echoplex in LA July 16th.
Roosevelt: Website Facebook Soundcloud
That’s it for this week – Have a wonderful weekend!
This summer there is SO much free music to see live in LA!
To get us started, here’s the JUNE schedule for KCRW’S brilliantly curated Summer Nights concerts:
6/5 First Fridays @ Natural History Museum – Hanni El Khatib & Avid Dancer (wow!)
6/6 Make Music Pasadena – How To Dress Well, Nick Waterhouse & More
6/6 One Colorado (Pasadena) – De Lux & KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox
6/20 One Colorado (Pasadena) – Cayucas & KCRW DJ Marion Hodges
6/27 Chinatown Summer Nights – KCRW DJs.
I’ll be adding future shows for the rest of the summer as they near – stay tuned and have fun out there!
Wow. This is a great line up!
As usual, Lolla has some great variety in their acts, which brings a fun, diverse crowd. Tickets are sold out, but you can stream the festival artists HERE.
I’ve updated my blog, it’s time to update my ears. Calling all musicians, songwriters, composers, bands – any and all of you! I’d love to hear your music! I will listen to it, I’ll give you feedback IF you want it, and I’ll write about it if I like it! This is a win/win – new music for me, hopefully more exposure for you.
If you’re in, send a link to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, you can tweet it to me at @alongtherail.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
“Where do you fall on the spectrum of sexuality?”
A question I’d never asked myself before, but now that I’ve heard Ryan Amador’s song “SPECTRUM”, I can’t stop asking myself that!
Ryan calls his genre “bio soul”, and expresses himself through songs that are deep in thoughts about love, sex, and human nature itself. He has a beautiful, crooning voice that belies his young age.
Though “SPECTRUM” is a super catchy, fun little ditty of a tune with a refrain that will stick with you for days, it’s lyrics present underlying questions and a premise that are quite profound.
The song also features wonderful contributions from Jo Lampert and Gyasi Ross.
Spectrum is on the collection of songs called “4S”, which as a whole beautifully captures Ryan’s range as a songwriter and singer.
His music elicits sadness, hope, love, loss, power and joy all at the same time.
Looking forward to a lot more from this talented singer / songwriter!
Check out more from Ryan here:
Ryan Amador homepage
Ryan Amador Facebook
Last weekend I went to my first annual NARIP networking brunch. Wow – SO great!
NARIP stands for “National Association of Record Industry Professionals”. They’re a wonderful organization for almost ANYONE involved in the music industry.
They have seminars, workshops, a job bank, A & R sessions – just to name a few of the wonderful career advancement opportunities.
Another feature are the monthly brunches – everyone in attendance gets 30 seconds to introduce themselves to the group. I met SO many wonderful, talented musicians – many of which I will start profiling here on the blog.
The music business is ALL about networking and connecting with people – and NARIP is a great way to do it.
Check them out here: http://www.narip.com
HAPPY NEW YEAR READERS!
I’m incredibly excited to be back and can’t wait to dive into a new year of music.
I have a music related resolution – I hope to see, hear, learn about, write about and enjoy more diverse sounds this year.. Get some more variety into my musical “diet”.
CBS’ 60 Minutes this past weekend gave me the perfect launching point, as they did a story about the NYC production of ALIVE! 55+ and Kickin!
It’s musical theater in NYC, in which all of the performers are over 55 years old. Many came to the open audition out of obscurity, finally able to pursue a life long dream. Performers range in experience both on stage and in life. Some have been working full time jobs their whole lives, dreaming of the spotlight one day, while others have served time in jail.
But wow- they can sing!
Taken from their website: “ALIVE is about the healing and transformative power of story and song. With music ranging from gospel, to soul, to blues, to R&B, to pop and Broadway, ALIVE captures a wide spectrum of the total Black experience in sound.”
Here’s a link to the wonderful piece from 60 Minutes. And here’s a link to the ALIVE website.
What an incredibly inspiring show. It speaks to the power of people, and the healing and transformative power of music. How great would it be to see these kinds of productions in more cities in the US?
Performances resume in the spring at the Dempsey Theater in NYC. I HOPE I get to NYC to see this, and hope you do too!
I just stumbled upon a band from London called “Palace”.
They’ve got a dreamy, bluesy, alt-rock sound that is all things beautiful, moody and powerful.
Their debut EP ‘Lost In The Night” comes out October 20 on Beatnik Creative.
In the meantime, check out the the appropriately beautiful video for “Bitter”
, directed by Liam Saint- Pierre.
I’ll be watching these guys, can’t wait to hear the EP and see what they do next. Hey Palace, come play in Los Angeles soon!!